41 Free August Webinars for Library Staff

Ahniwa Ferrari
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Published: 30 July 2014
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41 Free August Webinars for Library Staff

It can be a challenge to remain up to date in our ever-changing, always-demanding library positions. It's a good thing, then, that library staff tend to be lifelong learners, and just as good that there are more free training opportunities available out there than ever before. This list comes out every month and is regularly updated here on our Free Training page. For additional training, check out our new and improved Course Catalog, now free and open to library staff everywhere.

Read on below for 41 great free webinars being offered for library staff and non-profits in the month of... Read more

Learning through Playful Exploration with Makerspaces

Steph Harmon
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Published: 30 July 2014
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Learning through Playful Exploration with Makerspaces

Marshmallow engineering? Robotics? Punk knitting? These creative activities are all examples of recent makerspace events happening at libraries all over the country. Programs like these are all about building community and mixing traditional crafts with new technologies to explore new tools and ways of learning.

Maker programming integrates art, science and play to help teach a wide range of techniques and skills including problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking.

Last month, Sam Maskell and Mara Siegel co-presented a WebJunction webinar on makerspaces called "Making Your Space: Creators and Makers in the Library." In this resource-packed webinar, our two presenters covered... Read more

Team-Building with the Amazing Library Race

Mantra Roy
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Published: 29 July 2014
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Team-Building with the Amazing Library Race

Librarians and library staff at the Starke County Public Library System (IN) recently participated in a race inside the library. Five teams led by assigned captains performed specific tasks within a limited time and had a lot of fun in the process. Sheila Urwiler, Director, with four other team members, set up a race course with five stations where the participants encountered the challenges, as well as clues, that would reflect regular duties for various library positions.

The five stations were: the Business Office - where participants has to use monopoly money to update an actual log sheet; the... Read more

Public Libraries: A Haven to the Homeless

Mantra Roy
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Published: 28 July 2014
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Public Libraries: A Haven to the Homeless

When skeptics question the need for public libraries in an era when digital books and materials seem to keep patrons away from the physical space of the library, they make a major assumption. They assume that public libraries are only custodians of printed books.

In addition to offering books and related materials both in print and digital formats, libraries provide a community space in which services like story times, computer classes, language development workshops, and career counseling can help community members develop essential skills. Many libraries offer services to help their patrons gain technological literacy, for instance, where parents find... Read more

Libraries are Development

Anna Shelton
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Published: 25 July 2014
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Libraries are Development

Around the globe, libraries are a force to be reckoned with. A recent webinar highlighted cutting-edge libraries in developing and transitioning countries that are empowering their communities to achieve local goals. Presenters Bill Cartwright, President and CEO of Riecken Community Libraries, and Ugne Lipeikaite, Impact Manager at EIFL-PLIP (Public Library Innovation Programme) led webinar participants on a worldwide tour of libraries that are creating huge impacts with modest resources.

Community development can be understood to mean many things, but the United Nations recognizes it as "a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to... Read more

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